PROOF That America’s Elected Officials DO Feel Remorse for the Economic Outcome of Their Bad Decisions

Monkeys Ponder What Could Have Been

AFP – Monkey mug : A monkey at the zoologic section of a public park in Caracas. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

Rachael Rettner

LiveScience Staff

rachael Rettner

livescience Staff – Thu May 14, 2:46 pm ET

It’s a good thing monkeys can’t gamble. New research shows these primates are capable of “woulda-coulda-shoulda” thoughts, like those that keep gamblers at the tables.

Monkeys’ brains respond to rewards that they observe but do not experience – so-called fictive outcomes – and monkeys change their behavior when they are shown the prizes that they could have had, researchers from Duke University Medical Center say.

“Monkeys appear to be able to use fictive information to guide their behavior, so they’re not purely guided by their direct experience of reward and punishment,” said Michael Platt, the study’s senior author.

This is one of the first studies to look at fictive thinking in animals, he said. The results are detailed in the May 15 issue of the journal Science.

WHAT’S REALLY COOL: Click on any of the underlined text; it should bring you to more pictures and educational information on how the minds of our elected officials work. A kind of What were they thinking? expose, if you will.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Thinkinfyou
    May 14, 2009 @ 23:06:00

    I guess we are more like monkey than we’d like to think.


  2. Surveygirl46
    May 14, 2009 @ 23:16:00

    Yeah, well I wasn’t referring to us so much as this pic just looks alot like George W.:) ps what is the link to your public hair expose on your page (that came out all wrong didn’t it?)


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